Thesis Submission Notices

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The following theses have been submitted to the Faculty of Science Graduate Office and are available for review by any member of the University. Thesis defences at the University of Waterloo are also open to the campus community.

If you wish to attend a remote defence as an audience member please submit the form linked above. For defences that are held without public disclosure, requests must be submitted at least four business days in advance to allow adequate time for signing the required non-disclosure agreement.

Winter 2024 PhD defenses

Thursday, April 18 at 9:30 a.m.

PhD Candidate: Amir Hosein Sadeghi Isfahani
Title: Computational modeling of bacterial chromosome organization: macromolecular crowding, chain heterogeneity, and chain cross-linking
Supervisor: Dr. Bae-Yeun Ha
Department: Physics and Astronomy
Location: Remote via MS TEAMS

Tuesday, April 16 at 12:00 p.m.

PhD Candidate: Razan Amoud
Title: Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness against Laboratory-Confirmed Influenza among Patients with Cardiovascular Hospitalization
Supervisors: Dr. Wasem Alsabbagh & Dr. Colleen Maxwell
Department: School of Pharmacy
Location: Remote via MS TEAMS

Thursday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m.

PhD Candidate: Sanjay Patel
Title: Pyrene Excimer Formation: A Tool to Study Macromolecular Conformations in Solution
Supervisor: Dr. Jean Duhamel
Department: Chemistry
Location: Chemistry 2 Building (C2), Room 361 and Remote

Wednesday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m.

PhD Candidate: Teshager Kefale
Title: Metabolic engineering strategies for biomanufacturing of chemicals using Yarrowia lipolytica and Escherichia coli
Supervisor: Dr. Trevor Charles
Department: Biology
Location: Remote via MS TEAMS

Wednesday, March 27 at 11:30 a.m

PhD Candidate: Jacob Abajian
Title: Correlation Functions of Heavy Operators in AdS/CFT
Supervisors: Dr. Jaume Gomis & Dr. Pedro Vieira
Department: Physics and Astronomy
Location: Remote via MS TEAMS

Wednesday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m.

PhD Candidate: Sarah Barwell
Title: Structural and Biochemical Insights into Previously Uncharacterized Activity of Nucleotide-Dependent Phosphoenolpyruvate Carboxykinases
Supervisor: Dr. Todd Holyoak
Department: Biology
Location: Biology 1 Building (B1), Room 266

Winter 2024 MSc defences

Friday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m.

MSc Candidate: Yifan Yang
Title: Differential Gene Expression Analysis using Resampling
Supervisor: Dr. Brendan McConkey
Department: Biology
Location: Science Teaching Complex (STC), Room 2002

Thursday, January 18 at 11:30 a.m.

MSc Candidate: Xiaoqing Dang
Title: High-throughput OpenArray™: novel, swift TaqMan® Real-Time PCR chip for diagnostic biomarkers in Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
Supervisor: Dr. Brian Dixon
Department: Biology
Location: Remote via MS TEAMS

Monday, January 15 at 9:00 a.m.

MSc Candidate: Merium Fernando
Title: Enhancing the Ministring DNA (msDNA) Purification Using PI-Sce1 Homing Endonuclease/CRISPR-Cas3 Recombinant System
Supervisor: Dr. Roderick Slavcev
Department: School of Pharmacy
Location: Pharmacy Building (PHR), Room 7007

Friday, January 12 at 12:00 p.m.

MSc Candidate: Hawking Tan
Title: Optimization of the Optical Infrastructure and Trapping Potential for a Quantum Processor Based on Trapped Barium Ions
Supervisor: Dr. Kazi Rajibul Islam
Department: Physics and Astronomy
Location: Quantum Nano Centre (QNC), Room 2101

Friday, January 12 at 10:00 a.m.

MSc Candidate: Hannah Starzynski
Title: Hydrogeochemistry and Trace Element Mobility in an Acidic High-Sulfide Tailings Impoundment After 40 Years of Oxidation
Supervisors: Dr. Carol Ptacek & Dr. David Blowes
Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Location: Centre for Environmental and Information Technology (EIT), Room 2053